Norman Foster’s new Bloomberg HQ is a triumph of green design and a lesson in good manners for future development in the Square Mile
By Robert Bevan
Not many will mourn the passing of Bucklersbury House and Temple Court. Designed in 1953 for a site next to the Mansion House and completed five years later, they set the architectural direction for the post-war City of London. At 14 and 15 storeys high, they were the first office buildings to break the 100ft height limit, entirely ignore the street pattern and prioritise parking at the expense of pedestrians.